Drop caps are large letters that begin paragraphs on your blog. They have been used in print for over a hundred years, and are one of the best ways to decorate your text. Using drop caps can give your blog a fancier, more tech-savvy and professional look. Drop caps are usually created with CSS on HTML websites, but there are ways to easily implement them on WordPress-based blogs as well. Follow these simple steps to create drop caps on your own blog.

Simple Steps to Create Drop Caps on Your Blog

Determine The Best Drop Cap Method for Your Blog

When you’re going to start a blog, the first thing you’ll want to do is determine which blogging platform you’ll use. The options are endless. You can acquire your own web hosting and build your blog from scratch using HTML and CSS, or you can use a website builder to automate things.

If you decide to make your blog using HTML and CSS then the best route for you to install drop caps is using basic CSS scripting. If you’re running a WordPress or other CMS based blog then you will find plugins an easier option for creating drop caps, as they don’t require you to have any knowledge of CSS or other coding.

There are several methods of creating drop caps for those using CSS. It will require a very basic knowledge of CSS coding, but this shouldn’t be too much of an obstacle for any web designer willing to spend a few minutes learning. These Methods include a HTML basic drop cap method, a CSS3 method, and the initial-letter method.

Creating Drop Caps Using WordPress

The easiest way to create drop caps for your blog is to use a WordPress plugin. This of course only works if you decide to use WordPress when you start a blog. There are equivalent plugins for other CMS’s, however.

The most downloaded drop cap plugin for WordPress is the Simple Drop Cap plugin. There is also a Drop Caps with more options, though it does have a slightly higher learning curve.

If using the Simple Drop Cap plugin, all you need to do is choose between Normal and Float modes after installing the plugin, anytime you want to create a drop cap. Then simply select the drop cap color, ideally to match your blog’s color scheme, and prepare your text. If you want every post to begin with a drop cap, then select the Drop Cap Automation box to automate the process for all future posts.

For those using the Drop Caps plugin with more features, you’ll be able to select the exact post types you want to feature drop caps in. This is handy for creating drop caps on your featured blog posts, with less dramatization on your routine or less important posts.

Creating Drop Caps on Your Blog with CSS

The HTML basic drop cap method uses basic HTML and CSS to add drop caps to your HTML blog. This is accomplished by using the p.drop:first-letter coding. Your next lines of code simply need to be HTML font-size, float (optional,) and margin. Try using a larger font-size figure for a more dramatic drop cap. Simply call for your newly defined Drop class anytime you wish to install a drop cap, by using the p class=”drop” command.

Advanced CSS3 Method for Creating Drop Caps

When you choose to start a blog using CSS, one of the best ways to familiarize yourself with basic CSS coding is to begin with drop caps. This method is perfect for those looking to learn and utilize an advanced CSS3 coding for premium drop caps. Use CSS3 by editing your CSS stylesheet file and insert a new line: ‘p:first-child:first-letter.’ Customize every detail of your new drop cap class by adding the color, float, font-family, and font size. Include the padding you desire for the top, left, and right margins. This will allow you full control over how the drop caps appear on your blog.

Initial Letter Value Method of Creating Drop Caps

There is another method for HTML/CSS blogs to create drop caps. It’s similar to CSS3 method but includes a cross-browser friendly CSS code, initial-letter. Simply insert the following code into your stylesheet: p:first-child:first-letter but this time use the value “3” for your “initial-letter: x;” line. Don’t forget to include the font-family for unity across all web browsers your visitors may be using.

Drop caps are used in books, newspapers, marketing materials, and even in ancient literature. They can give your blog a classic, upscale style and look great with just about any content. Using these simple steps to create the right drop caps for your blog will let your visitors know you care about your content. Presentation matters in today’s blogosphere, so stand out from your competition by using stylistic CSS or plugin-based drop caps.